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Summer of Love with George Martin
Summer of Love with George Martin
Macmillan 1993


This book, written with the help of the Beatles producer and friend George Martin, was a joy to write and even more fun to research for a long-standing Beatles fan like Will. Here are some of the best bits.

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Excerpts: ‘John Lennon and Paul McCartney in particular were really good friends: they loved one another, really. They shared a sense of adventure and a modest little childhood ambition; to go out and conquer the world. You could almost touch the rivalry between them, it was so intense and so real, despite the warmth. No sooner would John come up with a song about childhood, like Strawberry Fields, than Paul would answer him straight back with a winner in the same vein: Penny Lane. Creative rivalry kept them climbing up their individual ladders – and kept the Beatles on top.’

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‘John had no idea what he was letting himself in for when he agreed to let Brian Epstein find him a house in Weybridge. It was a ghetto for rich people: it stillis. It could have a pretty stultifying effect, if you let it...”Good Morning” is an ironic, not to say sarcastic look at that suburban lifestyle. Its lyrics make sharp little digs at the whole suburban deal: “Everybody knows there’s nothing doing, Everything is closed, it’s like a ruin, Everyone you see is half asleep...” The line “It’s time for tea and meet the wife” was culled from a rather banal British soap opera of the time, called appropriately Meet the Wife. That just about summed up how John felt about his way of life at the time.

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